On the 24th of February and for the first time, all the six LNG berths at Ras Laffan port were occupied with tanker vessels loading LNG cargoes for various destinations in the globe. Captain Feisal Saad, Ras Laffan Port Manager said, “The scene of 6 LNG vessels loading occupying all the LNG berths simultaneously is something that we will get used to see more often. This scene is only possible in Ras Laffan.”
All 4 Berths from LNG3 to LNG6 are capable of handling the largest new generation of LNG carriers aptly designated as Q-Flex and Q-Max that were specially designed and built to transport Qatari LNG to the world’s market. In 2010, LNG1 berth was upgraded to receive up to Q-Flex size tanker vessels. LNG2 will similarly be upgraded in the future to receive the Q-Flex vessels. Further LNG berths expansions are possible in the expanded Port area in the future if required to a total of 10 LNG berths.
Ras Laffan Port is the gateway for Qatar's principal export earner - LNG produced from the North Field. In addition it handles a growing volume of a variety of cargoes, both liquid and dry bulk.
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